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President Column

President Column

I hope everyone enjoyed time with family and friends over the holidays. Your School Nurse Organization of Minnesota (SNOM) Board met for the first time in 2020 this week, welcoming in the New Year and the opportunities it will bring. Our membership will be voting in April for our President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer and our new Board will appoint the At Large Executive Board Position. If you are interested in committee work, reach out to any of our Board members with questions and your area of interest. We welcome your input and expertise!

Highlights 2019 and Opportunities 2020:

• Legislative committee testified before and met with State senators and representatives on stock medication, data collection, medication disposal, chronic health conditions, medical cannabis and mental health. Thank you Jolie Holland, Sue Nokleby, and Molly Forrest for your leadership in our legislative efforts.
• We adopted new bylaws with expanded membership to better support our nurses and student health, thank you Mary Yackley for your leadership throughout this process.
Liz Zeno, Mary Heiman, Sue Nokleby and Erika Yoney continue their leadership efforts in statewide data collection as our foundation for Evidence Based Practice (EBP) in our profession.
Lillian Levine, Liz Zeno, Mary Heiman, Cindy Hiltz and Sue Nokleby lead our SNOM Board in our strategic planning.
Kathy Schulz established our Facebook and social media outreach, keeping our community better connected. Erin Liu is monitoring our SNOM Community on School Nurse Net.
Jennifer Nordstrand’s leadership in special education, including updates to our website resources for our membership by Mary Jo Martin.
Sandy Munson’s ongoing work on our membership, Pam Walcher’s balanced budget, Gretchen Gosh’s organization of our files and processes, Cindy Hiltz and Colleen Pudwill’s guidance and support for national certification, Lil Levine and Tammy John for their conference leadership.
• Applications and nominations will soon be open for our School Nurse Administrator of the Year (SNAY) and School Nurse Of the Year (SNOY). The application process has been revised (thank you Anna Sonday) to reflect the Framework for 21st Century Nursing Practice. Please consider applying for or nominating someone for these SNOM honors.
Patty Rezabek and Sue Nokleby continue to preserve our SNOM historical perspective, thank you both!

Upcoming important events:
• Election in April
• Final Board meeting for this school year April 20, 5:00 Edina Community Center
• National Conference June/July, registration will open soon
• New LSN Orientation August
• Fall Conference in November